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Funnel cakes dusted with powdered sugar on a wire rack.

Finnish May Day Funnel Cakes

Celebrate May Day the Finnish way with these crispy, sweet funnel cakes!
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Course: breakfast and brunch, Dessert
Cuisine: Nordic, Scandinavian, Finnish
Keyword: easy funnel cake recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 190kcal
Author: Kristi


  • Gallon-sized ziploc bag
  • 12 inch deep skillet or dutch oven


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fine salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups canola peanut or vegetable oil for frying
  • Powdered sugar for serving


  • Whisk flour, salt, baking powder and sugar together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Whisk milk, eggs and vanilla together in a large bowl. Add the dry ingredients and whisk until completely smooth.
  • Pour the oil into a 12-inch dutch oven or deep skillet. Heat the oil over medium heat until the temperature reaches 350 degrees.
  • Meanwhile, transfer the batter to a plastic ziploc bag. Cut a tiny hole in the corner of the bag that is about ⅛-¼ inch in diameter.
  • Drizzle the batter into the hot oil in a figure eight motion, continuing until you have a bird’s nest-like circle that is 3 or 4 inches in diameter. Repeat so that you are cooking two cakes at a time.
  • Fry until golden brown, about 45 seconds to 1 minute on each side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Repeat with remaining batter. Dust the funnel cakes with powdered sugar and serve immediately.


It's important to use a figure 8 motion when drizzling the batter into the hot oil. If you just try to go in a circle, the drizzled batter won't stick together, and it will scatter throughout the pan and not form into a cake. It might take you a couple of cakes to get the hang of it so be patient!


Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 243mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 168IU | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2mg